The aim of this study was to investigate whether systematically adjusting the rate of auditory cues induces corresponding modulations of the temporal and spatial parameters of gait of patients with early-stage Parkinson's disease. Subjects performed a series of 15 9-metre walks along a level floor under uncued and four cued conditions; the order of cued conditions was randomized. The key findings were that the rate of auditory cues, within the range tested, can modulate cadence and thus velocity of gait of subjects with early-stage Parkinson's disease. The provision of auditory cues provides a potential strategy for enhancing walking performance in these patients.
- Parkinson's disease